Boulevard Magenta 6

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Boulevard Magenta

A biannual magazine of the arts and letters published by the Irish Museum of Modern Art.



Echoing early international avant-garde magazines, Boulevard Magenta focuses on art practice without excluding any discipline. IMMA has organised numerous projects involving not only artists but also writers, architects, musicians, filmmakers and dancers. Boulevard Magenta acknowledges the interconnection between art forms, and offers our audiences the context and background to understand, learn from, and enjoy more fully contemporary culture.

We are very proud to include in it contributions by two giants of the American art scene, namely composer Steve Reich and sculptor Richard Serra. Steve Reich, the pioneer of a group of composers who have managed to bring contemporary music to a wider audience, has been composing with computers for the past few years. Here we are including, however, pages from the manuscript of one of his most important early works, Drumming (1970-71), which is kept in the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, an institution which holds one of the biggest collections of scores in the world. In 2006, Reich’s work was celebrated in the RTÉ Living Musicentire Festival in Dublin in 2006, a tremendously successful event.


We are also publishing in this issues a selection of sketches by Richard Serra of one of the most important buildings of the 20th century, the Ronchamp Chapel by Le Corbusier. These are appearing here just before a major exhibition and publication about his drawings, which will be held at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. An outdoor work by Serra is installed, in Dublin, in the Guinness complex of buildings, near the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It is not as well-known as it should be, maybe because it is at ground level and one can only see it if walking in the vicinity; I recommend a visit to this.


We are pleased that issue 6 is very strong in Irish Poetry, with new poems by Paul Durcan, Pearse Hutchinson and Michael Longley, who has just had a new collection published. None of them needs further presentation and we are delighted by their contributions. We also print some poems by Spanish author Andrés Trapiello, whose work, which includes novels and numerous volumes of highly-praised diaries, is still relatively unknown in English. Trapiello was recently in Dublin, where he presented his work at the Instituto Cervantes. We are also printing three sonnets by Cuban author Severo Sarduy, one of the most important figures of the Latin American avant-garde of the 1970s and ‘80s. Sarduy lived in Paris, where he was associated with the Tel Quel group, being a close friend of Roland Barthes and Philippe Sollers, who translated one of his most celebrated novels, Cobra. Sarduy died of AIDS very early in his career. His fiction is widely read in the USA, but not as much on this side of the Atlantic, and his poetry remains scarcely known. We print his poems here with some of his drawings.


We are happy to include in this issue the first pages from The Last Gift, a new novel by Abdulrazak Gurnah, a writer born in Tanzania and living in England, and a two-time Booker Prize nominee. AWe also present a new story by the young Mexican author Álvaro Enrigue, who is one of the most exciting writers working today in Latin America. Enrigue has just published a terrific new novel in Spanish, Decencia.

Our contribution from filmmaking is a selection of Director’s notes and sequences of Christophe Honoré’s latest and beautiful feature, Homme au Bain, accompanied by preparatory images and photographs from the set.


In this issue we are also printing some choreographic drawings by Michael Kliën, the Austrian-born choreographer based in Limerick, where is the Artistic Director and CEO